Oyster Creek returns to full power after refueling outage

Oyster Creek Generating Station resumed full-power operations around 5 p.m. today, successfully completing a planned refueling and maintenance outage, that began September 15.

During the outage, Exelon employees and supplemental workers performed maintenance activities and replaced nearly one-third of the reactor’s fuel to keep the unit running safely and efficiently for another two-year cycle.

To support this work, the station used the talents and expertise of more than 1,000 additional workers, many of whom traveled to Oyster Creek from outside the area. For several weeks preceding and following the outage, the influx of workers provides a significant boost to the local economy.

“The maintenance activities and equipment upgrades completed during this outage further establish Oyster Creek as a safe and reliable power source through 2019,” said Site Vice President Garey Stathes. “Our biennial refueling outages would not be possible without strong support from local craftsmen, businesses and stakeholders.”

Oyster Creek is about 60 miles east of Philadelphia in Ocean County, New Jersey. The plant produces 636 net megawatts of electricity at full power, enough electricity to supply 600,000 typical homes.